Monday, September 21, 2015

sea monster bathroom

Joe's bathroom was in desperate need of a change. And well, I just needed a distraction. (The perfect combination!) He's been really into cars, trucks, and boats lately...pretty much anything that moves. I was thinking maybe a boat or pirate themed bathroom, so I started searching for shower curtains first. I came across an adorable whale shower curtain on Society6, and it instantly became the inspiration for Joe's new sea monster bathroom!

We didn't have much money to spend on this room, so it's more of a bathroom refresh than a full-on makeover. Someday I hope to get a new vanity and re-do the tile, but for now it works. Actually, the gray vanity pops so much better against the new paint color. 

*Note, it was incredibly difficult to get an accurate picture of the wall color without any natural light. I promise, it really is a pretty mustard in person :)

sea monster bathroom

shower curtain

shark towel

whale shower curtain

I'm really excited with how my sea monster chalkboard turned out! I've shared all the details on how to make it here

porthole chalkboard

I found a cute and easy idea for a towel hook on another blog I follow, Tag & Tibby. I was instantly obsessed, and thought it was a subtle tie-in to the theme. We decided to a use a piece of pallet wood we already had, and I found the boat cleats at Walmart for only $1.99! Seriously, the simplest (and cheapest) DIY project ever.

boat cleat towel hooks

The towel holder ring is from Etsy and made out of rope. 

whale art

gray vanity


rustic clock

I was so excited to be able to find a spot for our South Haven sign. South Haven is a very special place for James and me. We fell in love there, got engaged there and even married there. I bought this wooden sign for him for our 3 or 4? year "dating-versary" and we used it as a decoration at our wedding. It means so much to have it hung in our home. 

South Haven artwork

tooth brush holder

bathroom rugs

Joe digs it!

porthole chalkboard

I could not decide what to put above the towel rack for the longest time. I wanted something to fit the theme, but not in an obvious way. I started searching online for different artwork, and came across a painting of a boat with a porthole, which then led to me searching real portholes. Funny how ideas come about.

I found this porthole on Ebay for $60. It was a little steep, but I figured my odds of finding one in a store or antique shop were pretty low. It's a functional porthole, too - the little glass window swings open, which I thought was fun. But once it arrived and I held it up to the wall, it felt boring. The color clashed with the wall color and it just seemed a little bland, so I decided to jazz it up!

porthole chalkboard project

I purchased Chalkboard Paint and a Textured brown spray paint from The Home Depot. With the Chalkboard paint, I sprayed 4 light coats directly onto the glass window. I was worried it wouldn't adhere to glass, but it did just fine. The key was spraying it lightly to avoid drips.

I then sprayed the entire metal frame with the brown textured paint. It really gave it that old, rusty look. The less "perfect" you spray, the better.

Then, the fun part - drawing your monster! I used a chalk marker to make the white pop a little better. What's awesome is that everything you do is erasable, so no need to freak out about any mistakes! I googled some different octopus and sea monster images and combined a bunch of elements for my own creation. After I hung it in our bathroom, I'm not even kidding, Joe must have stared at it for a week during bath time! Spooky! :)

sea monster chalkboard

porthole chalkboard

nautical porthole and towel hook